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Subject: Kaizen and Lean Manufacturing in a 1949 US Kitchen
Amazing demonstration of Kaizen and Lean Manufacturing in a 1949 American kitchen. It is unfortunate that the Industry and Manufacturing of the same time period overlooked the major benefits that could be achived by simplifying workspaces and making them egronomically correct for the tasks being completed. This is an early demonstration of the continuous improvement principles, in this case applied to kitchen work, that Japan used to their great advantage during the mid-to-late 20th century.
Subject: absolutly riveting
i cant stop looking at that dress...
there's a film about how she made it somewhere out there i just know it.
Subject: Paging Todd Haynes!
Once again, someone up there has treated me to a pip of a Home Economics film. (theyre a lot better than the Shop films!) This film begins with a lulu of a credit that credits someone for the ¡°Economical house dresses¡± I knew we were in insane territory from there. From there, an old lady who is not identified, with a mighty strange hairstyle on her head talks to mr and mrs farm couple all about their kitchen. The Mr looks perplexed and looks to the Mrs to see if she knows all about this kitchen stuff. We then go into the modern kitchen that they¡¯ve proposed, and aside from some things I'll point out, there's not much has changed. The one thing that's funny about this is that there's cupboards for everything. Cupboards for Potatoes, cupboards for flour, cupboard for garbage etc etc. Fun! There's even a table that slides out for doing ¡®menial and boring tasks¡¯ which is good because the lady demonstrating this kitchen looks terribly bored throughout this. What was her problem? Realizing that most of the backbreaking work has been taken away from her? This reminded me for some strange reason, of Julianne Moore in Far From Heaven. The woman in the film even makes a cake. I wonder if she darted from the house soon after.
This is highly recommended!
Subject: How to be a domestic slave, and like it!
Great film dedicated to the science of Kitchen life. Saving the housewife from chores around the kitchen. There are great shot in here of kitchen appliances, cooking, shelves, serving wear, and Cake! The best is at the end where we see the Mom , Dad and the 2.5 children.
Subject: The Grim World of the Farm Wife
A well meaning film about a scientifically designed kitchen to help Âfarm homemakers do their kitchen work faster and more efficiently.Â We watch an unsmiling woman perform basic cooking tasks alone in a drab, utilitarian kitchen. According to the filmÂs credits, even her Âfunctional housedressÂ was designed by the ÂBureau of Human Nutrition and Home EconomicsÂ of the Department of Agriculture. Since this isnÂt a film intended to sell appliances or any other products, it has doesnÂt have any of the crass sales pitches that characterize so many of the other films about housework that we see at the Archives.
The film has a female narrator, a welcome relief from the usual bombastic male voice-over. SheÂs an older woman we see sitting in an office showing blueprints of the kitchen to a weary-looking middle aged couple. ÂSince you folks have an old-fashioned kitchen, you know the amount of bending and stooping that must be done.Â As in so many of these Home Economics films, an authoritative woman sits in an office and talks about the value of housework. But we donÂt see her doing any; sheÂs obviously found the truly efficient housekeeping solutionÂget a job outside the home and not do it at all.